Tuesday, July 26, 2011

The 400 Blows

Posted By on Tue, Jul 26, 2011 at 10:31 PM

Two of the seminal films of Francois Truffaut, including The 400 Blows, show at the Brooks this week.

Have You Met ALEC?

Posted By on Tue, Jul 26, 2011 at 1:48 PM

Bruce VanWyngarden has more on the GOP's nation-wide efforts to restrict voting rights.

Vance Avenue Makeover in the Works

Posted By on Tue, Jul 26, 2011 at 8:15 AM

Vance Avenue near downtown Memphis has gotten a neighborhood planning grant to help in ongoing efforts to revitalize the area. Hannah Sayle has more.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Writer Mike Freeman Signs

Posted By on Mon, Jul 25, 2011 at 7:17 PM

Mike Freeman signs his book on Clarence Saunders at the Booksellers at Laurelwood Tuesday.

DeVivo Out at Smith & Nephew

Posted By on Mon, Jul 25, 2011 at 3:37 PM

The president of Smith & Nephew’s Orthopedics division is leaving the company in the wake of a reorganization that’s been announced internally.

“There’s nothing to tell, aside from me leaving S&N,” said Joseph DeVivo in an email.

DeVivo, 44, assumed his current role in May 2008 after starting with the company as head of its Orthopaedic Reconstruction & Trauma unit the previous June. DeVivo also serves as chair of the Memphis Chamber, a role he assumed in November after his predecessor, FedEx executive Tom Schmitt, moved to Canada to work for a FedEx competitor.

As with his executive position, it's not clear what will happen with DeVivo's chamber chairmanship.

"I don't know," said Christina Meek, the chamber's communications specialist.

John Moore, the chamber's CEO, told her the executive committee will meet to discuss DeVivo's role and go from there. "I'm assuming they'll meet soon, as soon as possible, and then they'll decide," she said.

After the meeting, the chamber is likely to issue a statement. Meek would not comment on S&N's reorganization and directed all inquiries back to the company.

S&N is one of Memphis’ largest employers, with about 2,100 local people working at its Brooks Road plant and the corporate headquarters on Goodlett Farms Parkway. The London-based company’s other divisions include Endoscopy and Advanced Wound Management and are headquartered elsewhere.

Orthopaedics is the largest of S&N’s three business groups, bringing in 55 percent of the company’s annual revenue. Of the nearly $4 billion the three groups generated in 2010, approximately $2.2 billion came from Orthopaedic Reconstruction & Trauma, whose revenue also grew 3 percent from 2009, according to the company’s latest annual report.

S&N spokesman Andrew Burns said Orthopaedics is going to be combined with Endoscopy "as a strategy to get a more focused organization in the marketplace." The new division will be called the Advanced Surgical Devices Division.

It will be headed by Michael G. Frazzette, also 44, who already leads the Endoscopy unit in Andover, Massachuesettes. Frazzette recently was appointed a member of S&N's Group Executive Committee in addition to being named president of Advanced Surgical Devices.

"Smith & Nephew is fortunate to have added an individual of Mike's caliber and background to lead our Endoscopy Division," said S&N COO David Illingworth, in a company news release. "With a clear understanding of the healthcare market, Mike will be instrumental in helping us build an even stronger leadership position in the arthroscopic marketplace. I look forward to his contributions."

As for any jobs leaving Memphis, Burns said no.

"We have no plans to do that," he said.

DeVivo's last day on the job is Aug. 5. Frazzette began his new position on July 5 in Andover, according to the same release.

Chris Herrington Wins Music Criticism Award

Posted By on Mon, Jul 25, 2011 at 11:18 AM

Flyer music and film editor Chris Herrington won first place among the nation's alternative newsweeklies for Music Reporting and Criticism for 2011.

Herrington's award was announced at last week's Association of Alternative Newsweeklies annual convention in New Orleans. The Flyer competes in the "over 50,000 circulation" category against heavyweights such as the Village Voice, L.A. Weekly, and other much larger papers. Our congrats to Chris, who is certainly the only music writer who also wins awards for his NBA coverage.

Chad Zurcher's Very Good Year

Posted By on Mon, Jul 25, 2011 at 9:56 AM

Frank Murtaugh talks to former U of Memphis All-American baseball player Chad Zurcher on the transition to professional life.

Problems With His Aging Father

Posted By on Mon, Jul 25, 2011 at 9:15 AM

Jack Waggon advises a man whose aging father has anger issues.

A Better Life

Posted By on Mon, Jul 25, 2011 at 8:28 AM

The immigrant drama, A Better Life, features strong lead performances, says Chris Herrington.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

The Hidden Beatles

Posted By on Sun, Jul 24, 2011 at 11:50 PM

Check out the "Beatles Hidden Gallery" photo exhibit at the Rock 'n Soul Museum.

The Fall of Murdoch

Posted By on Sun, Jul 24, 2011 at 12:09 AM

Richard Cohen says Rupert Murdoch may have screwed the pooch in the hacking scandal.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Bo-Keys Play Blues on the Bluff

Posted By on Sat, Jul 23, 2011 at 1:39 AM

Memphis' own Bo-Keys play the WEVL fund-raiser "Blues on the Bluff" Saturday night.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Stranger Me

Posted By on Fri, Jul 22, 2011 at 2:32 PM

Chris Herrington reviews Amy LaVere's new album and likes what he hears.

Bachmanns Overdrive

Posted By on Fri, Jul 22, 2011 at 11:00 AM

Randy Haspel has another go at Michele and Marcus Bachmann in the Rant.

MCS Concedes Enrollment is Down

Posted By on Fri, Jul 22, 2011 at 1:09 AM

Enrollment is down at Memphis City Schools -- a fact that was long suspected but not admitted to by the administration. John Branston has the story.
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